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Obi Melifonwu
S #20
Height:
6-3
Weight:
224
Age:
23
College:
Connecticut
Hometown:
Grafton, MA
Experience:
R

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Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (56th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, April 28, 2017.

COLLEGE: Played in 48 games with 47 starts in his four-year career at Connecticut and finished with 351 tackles (224 solo), eight INTs, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries... His 351 career tackles rank eighth in school history... Started in all 12 games at safety as a senior... Recorded a team-high 118 tackles with four INTs, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery... Named first-team All-AAC... Also earned All-ECAC and All-New England honors... His 118 tackles ranked second in the AAC (first among safeties) and his four INTs were tied for sixth in the conference... Set a career high and tied a school record with 24 tackles against Tulane... Recorded two INTs against Temple... Played in all 13 games, starting 12, as a junior... Finished with 88 tackles (60), two INTs and five passes defensed... Ranked third on the team in tackles and second on the team in passes defensed... Tied a career high with five passes defensed... Notched 13 tackles against Cincinnati... Totaled 12 tackles against Navy... Registered nine tackles against Marshall... As a sophomore, started the first 11 games of the season at safety... Totaled 75 tackles (52) and three passes defensed... Ranked fourth on the team with 75 tackles... Recorded 10 tackles against Boise State... Notched five tackles, including one for loss, at South Florida... Totaled 10 tackles at Army... Notched eight tackles with one for loss at Memphis... Started all 12 games at free safety as a redshirt freshman and record 70 tackles (39), two INTs, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... Finished second on the team in tackles in his first season... Named a Freshman All-American Honorable Mention by Scout.com... Tallied 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one INT against Towson in his collegiate debut... Registered seven tackles, one for loss and one fumble recovery against Michigan... Totaled four tackles and one INT at Buffalo... Recorded six tackles at UCF... Tallied nine tackles a SMU... Recorded six tackles and one forced fumble against Memphis... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2012.

Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (56th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, April 28, 2017.

COLLEGE: Played in 48 games with 47 starts in his four-year career at Connecticut and finished with 351 tackles (224 solo), eight INTs, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries... His 351 career tackles rank eighth in school history... Started in all 12 games at safety as a senior... Recorded a team-high 118 tackles with four INTs, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery... Named first-team All-AAC... Also earned All-ECAC and All-New England honors... His 118 tackles ranked second in the AAC (first among safeties) and his four INTs were tied for sixth in the conference... Set a career high and tied a school record with 24 tackles against Tulane... Recorded two INTs against Temple... Played in all 13 games, starting 12, as a junior... Finished with 88 tackles (60), two INTs and five passes defensed... Ranked third on the team in tackles and second on the team in passes defensed... Tied a career high with five passes defensed... Notched 13 tackles against Cincinnati... Totaled 12 tackles against Navy... Registered nine tackles against Marshall... As a sophomore, started the first 11 games of the season at safety... Totaled 75 tackles (52) and three passes defensed... Ranked fourth on the team with 75 tackles... Recorded 10 tackles against Boise State... Notched five tackles, including one for loss, at South Florida... Totaled 10 tackles at Army... Notched eight tackles with one for loss at Memphis... Started all 12 games at free safety as a redshirt freshman and record 70 tackles (39), two INTs, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... Finished second on the team in tackles in his first season... Named a Freshman All-American Honorable Mention by Scout.com... Tallied 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one INT against Towson in his collegiate debut... Registered seven tackles, one for loss and one fumble recovery against Michigan... Totaled four tackles and one INT at Buffalo... Recorded six tackles at UCF... Tallied nine tackles a SMU... Recorded six tackles and one forced fumble against Memphis... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2012.

PERSONAL: Attended Grafton (Mass.) High School... Played both running back and defensive back in high school... Recorded 14 tackles with three INTs as a senior... Added 1,394 rushing yards with 17 TDs that season... Named to the ESPN Boston All-State team... Competed in the long jump and triple jump for the track team... Name is pronounced oh-BEE mell-uh-FAWN-woo.